Technical Ceramics Group

Protective coatings and multifunctional ceramic composites containing carbon nanostructures


The group has invested many efforts in acquiring proper equipment to carry out its research, in particular for material fabrication and property evaluation (mechanical, thermal conductivity). 

Hence, we have :

  • Equipment for powder processing and forming: freeze dryer, rheometer, viscosimeter, ultrasonicators, rotovapor, ball miller, robocasting (direct ink writing), 3D printer for polymers, extruder.
  • Coating techniques: flame spraying from powders and wires with Accuraspray diagnosis system for determining temperature and velocity of in-fly particles, air-brush for slurries.
  • Special furnaces: hot press, controlled atmosphere furnace, high vacuum joining furnace.
  • Specimen preparation: automated precision cutting machines, CF4/O2 plasma etcher.
  • Properties and characterization: instrumented microindentation, universal testing machine for compression tests,rugosimeter, infrared camera.

The group has wide expertise in the following ICV facilities: Spark plasma sintering, Thermal diffusivity by laser flash method, Tribometer and Scratch Testing.


Dr. M. Belmonte will present the invited talk “Graphene in ceramic composites” in the Royal Society of London during the scientific meeting "A cracking approach to inventing tough new materials: fracture stranger than friction”, London (UK), October 19-20, 2020 More information

Dr. M. Belmonte will present the invited talk “Multifunctional engineering ceramics containing graphene-based fillers” in the next 8th International Congress on Ceramics (ICC8), Busan (Korea), August 23-28, 2020 More information

Dr. M. Belmonte, Editorial Board Member of Ceramics (ISSN 2571-6131) , an international peer-reviewed open access journal of ceramics science and engineering published by MDPI More information

Dr. C. Ramirez and Prof. M: I. Osendi are Guest Editors of the Special Issue Graphene-based Materials, Their Composites and Potential Applications, of Materials, deadline submisions 30 November 2020 More information

The team (TCG) has become a member of the Interdisciplinary Thematic Platform for the development of Additive Manufacturing (FAB3D) of CSIC More information